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Anonymous
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July 22, 2004 3:00:04 AM

Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage (More info?)

After testing a two year old Maxtor 40 gig harddrive with their
PowerMax software, it told me the drive was failing and gave me an
error code. Since this drive was out of warranty, I am currious as to
what the error code means, I searched Maxtors site but did not find a
listing of error codes.

This is the error code, CA9B987C I know the drive could fail anytime
and am using it for non critical use.

I also find the Powermax software puzzling as I have two more Maxtor
harddrives that are bad, but it shows good with the software. By bad I
mean I am not able to load Linux on them, and on one, the bootup takes
about 5 minutes, no joke, and only boots to Windows. I can use a Linux
Live CD and Fdisk one of the drives, but when I try to load a boot
loader to the mbr, it chokes. If I use a boot disk, with grub the
grub boot disk times out looking for /boot this is after I installed a
distro, and is waiting for the final step. Also for some reason on
the other disk Windows cannot create a partition with their Windows XP
cd. But Powermax says these drives are fine.

I cannot complain because most of these drives are over 2 years old.

Maxtor 40 gig 66 ata drive came out of a hp computer 4 + years.
Maxtor 60 gig 133 ata drive liquid bearing 3 1/2 years. 1 1/2 known
boot problem as described above with Windows not being able to use it.
Maxtor 40 gig 133 ata drive 1 3/4 years.

I must admit that I believe heat is the reason for the failures, all
except the 60 gig Maxtor. I had all these drives in a desktop ATX
case that has very poor ventilation. If your curious its an Antec
Piano Black ATX desktop case, only has a 80 mm exhaust fan, and has an
intake port that does not move air. Its also maxed out with drives,
right now it only has the failed 40 gig in it, I moved the others out.
I am using the other two right now as we speak in this system. But the
rule of the day is if I think or do something important I back it up
to floppy, or CD.

Thanks;

Gnu_Raiz
Anonymous
a b G Storage
July 26, 2004 3:56:19 AM

Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage (More info?)

Gnu_Raiz wrote:
>
> After testing a two year old Maxtor 40 gig harddrive with their
> PowerMax software, it told me the drive was failing and gave me an
> error code. Since this drive was out of warranty, I am currious as to
> what the error code means, I searched Maxtors site but did not find a
> listing of error codes.
>
> This is the error code, CA9B987C I know the drive could fail anytime
> and am using it for non critical use.
>
> I also find the Powermax software puzzling as I have two more Maxtor
> harddrives that are bad, but it shows good with the software. By bad I
> mean I am not able to load Linux on them, and on one, the bootup takes
> about 5 minutes, no joke, and only boots to Windows. I can use a Linux
> Live CD and Fdisk one of the drives, but when I try to load a boot
> loader to the mbr, it chokes. If I use a boot disk, with grub the
> grub boot disk times out looking for /boot this is after I installed a
> distro, and is waiting for the final step. Also for some reason on
> the other disk Windows cannot create a partition with their Windows XP
> cd. But Powermax says these drives are fine.
>
> I cannot complain because most of these drives are over 2 years old.
>
> Maxtor 40 gig 66 ata drive came out of a hp computer 4 + years.
> Maxtor 60 gig 133 ata drive liquid bearing 3 1/2 years. 1 1/2 known
> boot problem as described above with Windows not being able to use it.
> Maxtor 40 gig 133 ata drive 1 3/4 years.
>
> I must admit that I believe heat is the reason for the failures, all
> except the 60 gig Maxtor. I had all these drives in a desktop ATX
> case that has very poor ventilation. If your curious its an Antec
> Piano Black ATX desktop case, only has a 80 mm exhaust fan, and has an
> intake port that does not move air. Its also maxed out with drives,
> right now it only has the failed 40 gig in it, I moved the others out.
> I am using the other two right now as we speak in this system. But the
> rule of the day is if I think or do something important I back it up
> to floppy, or CD.
>
> Thanks;
>
> Gnu_Raiz


Hello, Gnu:

If your system was "maxed out with drives," when the problems started,
are you sure the power supply is up to the task of running so many
devices?


Cordially,
John Turco <jtur@concentric.net>
!